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Time Out for Trouble


Published 1961


Illustrates the most common accidents causing serious injury in the home and explains that mental attitudes are the real cause of the trouble. Suggests a course of action to eliminate such injuries. "Time Out for Trouble" seeks out the cause of accidents and finds it in the minds of their perpetrators.

Produced by the University of Oklahoma, General Services Extension Division. Presented by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Kirk T. Mosley, Commissioner of Health. Produced under the direction of the Mental Hygiene Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Health.


Run time 19:25
Production Company University of Oklahoma, General Services - Extension Division
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviews

Reviewer: Psy-Fi - - January 28, 2011
Subject: Time to get strange
After having viewed approximately 150 films in the Prelinger collection, I have to say this film is the weirdest one I've seen so far.
A talking clock with a grudge, a ghostly face and an annoying, nagging voice lecturing about the causes of accidents. Bizarre! Add the low budget atmosphere and some really bad acting to the mix, and you've got a keeper!
Well worth a viewing or a download.
As good/weird as it gets!
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - June 13, 2006
Subject: Time Out for Psychosis
This 1961 safety film is the epitome of suburban horror. Housewife Jane is tormented by a clock in her home that was a gift from her mother-in-law. The clock somehow sets up accidents and then blames the victims for "letting their emotions run away with them". The point is supposed to be that emotionally volatile situations often result in accidents, because people act irrationally and ignore safety precautions they usually follow. It's a sound mental health message, but it's undercut by the fact that we're supposed to accept at face value Jane's obvious hallucinations. This absurd premise, along with the poor production values, bizarre soundtrack (only organ and Spanish guitar appear to be used), grainy black-and-white photography, and sparse sets all add up to one dark, weird, creepy film. It definitely deserves a scathing feminist critique and a good msting.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *****. Weirdness: *****. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: *****.
Reviewer: ERD - - June 13, 2006
Subject: Campy
Some-but not all- of the reasons that we have accidents are shown in this film, which uses a melodramatic theme. The 1961 semi-professional production seems dated and simplistic.
Reviewer: Whipper - - October 14, 2005
Subject: Beware of Boredom!!
I never realized just how self destructive or epidemic boredom was until being educated by the demonic clock in this film, as well as in "The Empty Life". Tension, we are told, keeps boiling up in these crazy humans like the soup in Martha's saucepan!

Hilarious! I especially enjoyed the husband sneeking up from behind on his wife who is scrubbing the countertop in the kitchen. He gives her ass a good hard slap which startles her and causes her to bang her head on the cupboard above, after which the husband immediately busts out laughing! Priceless.

I guess Jeff is too hammered to realize that they put whiskey in a Smirnoff vodka bottle for him at the bar?? No doubt it was watered down too. Apparently that's what happens when you marry a "stupid wife". You get ripped off at the bar and then run over by a car. The poor schmuck!
Reviewer: mharvey816 - - April 4, 2005
Subject: Finally, the best ephemeral film of all time!
It's been a long time since I've been to this site, but way back when Rick Prelinger produced a fantastic series of CD-ROM titles for the now-defunct Voyager company, I've been jonesing to have this title available in a more easily played format than ancient early-1990s QuickTime. Thanks, Rick, for finally making my dream a reality.
Reviewer: Hmmm . . . - - February 5, 2005
Subject: Family safety horror kitsch
See housewives trip over electrical cords, spill scalding soup on their legs, and lose sleep fantasizing about their mother-in-law's talking clocks. You can only imagine the target audience of Bart Simpsons cracking up over this unintentionally funny piece of 1961 misogyny--and then having nightmares about it.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - November 25, 2004
Subject: TIcked Off?
Very interestingly structured, but somewhat depressing focus on what causes accidents in the home. Narrated by a possessed clock (!) which was given to a man by his mother, but his wife feels the clock is talking to her while she sleeps (!!), this film focuses on accidents, and how to avoid them. Remember the three rules!
The accidents are pretty good, but this film, I don't know, gave me the willies, as it wasn't too fake, or the talking clock, or something. I just don't want to talk about it anymore! (He says, fleeing the room)
Reviewer: Ford Prefect - - November 13, 2004
Subject: Do as the haunted clock commands!
This is one of the funniest movies I've seen in the collection and I'm not sure why it hasn't been reviewed yet.

It was produced in 1961 by the Oklahoma department of Public Health. It starts out with a shot of a quiet suburban house on a quiet suburban street. A soft lullaby is playing and we see the family fast asleep. Then the clock strikes midnight. Pan in to an antique clock on the mantle...a ghostly blurred face appears. It seems the clock has it in for Jane, the sleeping housewife we saw just a moment ago.

"Call me an eyesore will she!" a woman's voice, the voice of the haunted clock begins... "Well I'll show her!"

The jealous clock determines to lead Jane into a series of "accidents," bringing us to the point of the film, that most accidents could be avoided if people just had proper respect for time.

Stylistically, it's a cross between an old episode of Bewitched and The Twilight Zone. The happy family turns out not to be so happy after all, which is the true cause of Jane's "accidents".

To avoid accidents:

Face your feelings!
Beware of boredom!
Watch for danger!

As an example, the clock tells us that Jane finds cleaning the house all day boring. Why doesn't she just vary her tasks? Take a break and work on that new dress she's sewing?

And there's so much more, but I don't want to spoil it for you.
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